In this Episode of HealthMade Radio, Dr. Michael Karlfeldt interviews Dr. Susan Blum, a Preventive Medicine and Chronic Disease Specialist, Founder and Director of The Blum Center for Health, and author of both The Immune System Recovery Plan and the upcoming book, Healing Arthritis. Dr. Blum helps us discover how we can get to the root of our autoimmune disease and recover our immune system.
“Autoimmune disease is a malfunction in our immune system, and there have been studies done to prove that certain factors disrupt our gut, stress, and overall health.” Dr. Susan Blum on autoimmune disease.
In this interview, Dr. Blum answers the following questions:
- What is autoimmune disease?
- What is immunity?
- Why does autoimmunity target one part of your body as opposed to another?
- How does the gut play a role in autoimmunity?
Functional medicine is a medical specialty that looks to the root cause of illness. It is an approach to treating and repairing the body. With functional medicine, we look upstream to the triggers that cause symptoms. We can heal the gut, get the toxins out of the body, and manage and measure stress levels.” – Dr. Susan Blum on the different approach of functional medicine.
- Is there something more than symptom management?
- What are some key self-assessments on which I should be focusing?
- Dr. Blum provides insight into how nutrition has a powerful impact on the immune system and some practical ways you can stay healthy utilizing specific foods.
“The number one most important influence on your gut microbiome is food. Vegetables and foods with fiber and vital nutrients feed the good bacteria and help it flourish. Think of your gut like a garden, and what you feed it will determine what will grow in it. So you can either grow flowers with good food or weeds with bad food.” – Dr. Susan Blum on how food influences our gut microbiome.
Susan Blum, MD, MPH, has been treating, healing, and preventing chronic diseases for nearly two decades. Dr. Blum is an Assistant Clinical Professor in the Department of Preventive Medicine at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. Her passion and dedication for identifying and addressing the root causes of chronic illness through the groundbreaking whole body approach known as Functional Medicine are helping to transform our healthcare system.
As the founder and director of Blum Center for Health in Rye Brook, New York, Dr. Blum’s crusade for personalized medicine is paramount for treatment and prevention. Dr. Blum’s mission for the Blum Center for Health is to facilitate a personal healing experience by creating a partnership with her patients while providing cutting-edge Functional Medicine and teaching self-care skills for changing health habits.
Connect with Dr. Blum and The Blum Center for Health via:
Heal Your Gut with The Blum Center for Health
Visit the Department of Preventive Medicine at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai
Check out the Organic Pharmer website